Thursday, September 11, 2008

Pearls of Wisdom

Guess what happens when you are prone to kidney stones, you race a hot horrible race and get dehydrated, and you drink the race course beverage which has in one bottle 300% of your RDA of vitamin C?

If you answered you get a kidney stone, give yourself one point.
If you answered you get a kidney stone while trapped in DC at a mandatory meeting, give yourself two points.
If you answered you get a kidney stone while trapped in DC at a mandatory meeting while giving a presentation and feeling like you will either pass out or throw up in front of a co-worker and two rival companies, give yourself three points.

Seriously, they should come with an alarm bell.

Luckily I've been through this before, so armed with a bridge prescription and painkillers I spent the afternoon in my pajamas wishing for death, and hoping to goodness that the rain would not mean evacuation again.

Now comes the question:
My beloved doctor who is also a runner, wants me to take Levaquin to protect the kidney from an infection. However, Levaquin has been linked to tendon rupture. And my bicep tendon is inflamed like 40% of the time now, and I have some pretty serious events coming up.

Do I shut my pie hole and take the Levaquin, or do I take the B team drug and wait and see if I get sick?


R. Terry said...

Please don't take the Levaquin! I'm a survivor of huge side effects by this drug, I call poison - I'm 53 and now have Peripheral Neuraopthy, a very painful nerve disease caused by Levaquin. Stay away from any Quinolone antibiotic such as Levaquin, Cipro, etc.

Xena said...

Thanks to some advice by a pharmacist, I did not end up taking it.
Took a lower level antibiotic which seems to have been fine.
After reading all the class action lawsuit information, I'm not sure I would take it again unless it was absolutely necessary.